Like many US citizens, the prospect of a new job with better pay, enhanced career path and outstanding benefits seems like a dream come true. It is, but you can make that dream a reality by shifting your career into government employment, or federal employment. You can apply for any open position that you feel you are qualified for by searching on the USAJOB’s website, and uploading your resume. The US government has really simplified the application process, and have increased the transparency of the whole process, so you can clearly see how your application is progressing.
Seeking Government Employment
When most corporations are not actively recruiting, Barack Obama has publicly shown his support for governmental recruitment in these difficult times, so it really does make sense to include Federal Employment as part of your career plan while it is available and accessible.
If you are a veteran, you will have a greater chance of gaining employment through the USAJOB’s website, because of the legislation “Veterans Employment Opportunities Act” or VEOA which is designed to help military heroes get established in a solid and challenging career with the government.
Benefits of being Employed by the US Government
As a federal employee, you will receive an enviable pay and benefits package. The standard package will include competitive salary, dental insurance, health insurance, life insurance, long term care insurance as well as vision insurance. Not only will you get these health benefits you will also receive paid vacations, paid public holidays, paid sick days as well as recruitment, relocation and retention bonuses.
There is also great opportunity to relocate if that is your wish, there are job vacancies posted all over the globe, you can simply filter your results on the USAJOB’s search tool to include or exclude places as you see fit. For a more comprehensive guide on performing an advanced search, please read this excellent article.
You will also receive less tangible, but arguably more important perks, such as a solid and structured career path, comprehensive on the job training and the fact that you will be serving your country as a civilian. This means that you will have a solid career that you can really be proud of.
Applying for Jobs
Once you have found your dream job in the perfect location it is time to apply, but before you upload your latest resume, stop for a second, read this guide on how you can improve your chances, and ensure that you give your application the best chance of succeeding. Because of the faltering economy lots of people may be applying for each role that is posted (there are usually over 30,000 jobs posted at one time) so it makes sense to spend some time to ensure that your application is outstanding. Remember that each application is individually reviewed, unlike the old CPOL system where you could pass the initial screening process by typing the right keywords into your application form.
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